July 25th, 2011
A small bump felt under an arm has in a matter of a couple months turned a family upside down.
Cancer has reared its ugly head in Southern Inyo, inflicting 30-year-old Kristin Palmer, wife and mother of four from Lone Pine.
Palmer is at the City of Hope in Duarte undergoing her first of 16 weeks of chemotherapy and then radiation treatments. Her cousin, Michelle Hykes, said despite the battery of tests and biopsies, doctors are still unsure exactly what kind of cancer Palmer has. It may be Stage III breast cancer or Stage IV lung cancer, Hykes said.
Just before sunrise on Saturday morning, July 16, 2011, Sally DePerro left her beloved Eastern Sierra.
Sally was born in Pomona, Calif. on Sept. 28, 1950. She was raised in southern California and married her high school sweetheart, John. Shortly after they married, John and Sally went on a wonderful tour of the United States to find the perfect place to live and raise their family. They eventually settled in Mono County where they lived for 34 years.
Sandra ‘Sandee’ Lee Dohnel
Sandee passed away peacefully to be with the Lord on July 21, 2011. Sandee was born May 28, 1959 in Santa Monica and raised in Lafayette for most of her childhood.
The love of her life and her greatest joy was her son, Justin Paul Dohnel.
Joyce Ilene Imboden
Isaura Franco-Gonzalez, age 74, resident of Bishop for 31 years, born in Picachos, Nayarit, Mexico on June 10, 1938, passed away on July 18, 2011 in Pomona.
A great mother, strong woman and humble person who loved flowers, she was the glue that held the Franco family together and will continue to be.
Dolores ‘Dee’ Daniels
Dolores “Dee” Daniels, 69, resident of Bishop for 18 years, born in Inglewood on Sept. 3, 1941, passed away on July 18, 2011 at Renown Medical Center.
Dee was retired from the Mammoth Lakes Water District, where she worked for 16 years, and was a resident of Mammoth Lakes from 1984-1994.
Two local girls have been traveling all summer, going to pow wows and representing the Owens Valley.
Now the two, Junior Miss Pabanamanina and Miss Big Pine Paiute Tribe, want to dance and represent their communities, cultures and tribes at a giant Idaho pow wow and are hoping the public can help them get there.
Miss Big Pine Paiute Tribe Bailee Piper, 13, and 11-year-old Aurora Toledo, Junior Miss Pabanamanina, have set their sights on the 48th Annual Shoshone Bannock Festival on the Fort Hall Reservation, Fort Hall, Ida.
Crews with the Inyo National Forest have begun converting words on paper from the 2009 Travel Management Decision into actual, on-the-ground actions.
As residents travel through the Inyo National Forest this summer they will likely see a diverse array of volunteers, partners and forest crews placing signs on newly designated routes, disguising and blocking unauthorized roads and fixing problem sections of system routes to ensure that they will be stable and can remain open for motorized use.
County leaders decided Tuesday to hold off on a motion that would waive building permit fees for residents of Big Pine who are rebuilding after the Center Fire earlier this year.
The potential move comes on the heels of Inyo County Public Works receiving requests from fire victims to waive certain building code provisions, such as snow load requirements and fire safety measures that were not required of older homes due to a grandfather clause.
Juanita Jean Butterbredt Kinney
Juanita Jean Butterbredt Kinney, age 62, resident of Bishop for 34 years, born in Kelso, Calif., on May 18, 1949, passed away on July 14, 2011 at Northern Inyo Hospital in Bishop.